The MIT program now known as MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) was established in 1974 as the MITE (Minority Introduction to Engineering) Program. The MITE program was created as part of a national effort sponsored by the then Engineers' Council for Professional Development. The objective of the program was to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the engineering profession by exposing students to engineering during their high school years.

 What started as a two-week residential summer program on the MIT campus with 37 students and a focus on career orientation has evolved into a six-and-a-half week slice of academic life with 60-80 participants. Students now take courses in calculus, physics, biology/ biochemistry/ chemistry, humanities, genomics, digital design, electronics, architecture and engineering design. These high school juniors gain a better perspective about college and can take advantage of their senior year in high school to prepare for college and their professional careers. Since its inception, more than 1,600 students have participated in MITES, of which 32 percent have matriculated at MIT and over 80% have gone on to major in technical fields.

 Now MITES is a part of MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) in the School of Engineering (SoE), which also runs four other programs for middle and high school students. In 2002, OEOP launched the Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy as a companion program to MITES focused on exposing high school students from the Boston area to engineering fields.

 The success of both the MITES Program and SEED Academy has led to the development of OEOP activities to nurture the interest of middle school students in math and science. In 2004, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program was established to provide local students with enrichment activities through summer, mentoring, and parent programming. In 2007, the MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) was launched to provide opportunities for local young males to increase their interest in math and science through the game of baseball.

 These programs have affected the lives of thousands of students locally and nationally. Most importantly, they have led to an increase in the number of students who pursue careers in science and engineering.

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